Small Intestine & Colon Function Basics

Updated: Mar 8, 2021


The small intestinal system and the colon both play an important role in your digestive system. Take care of them and life is much more comfortable. However, the average American diet can wreak havoc on the intestinal system, and an unhealthy intestinal system can lead to a host of other problems.

 

Small Intestinal System

Reabsorbs water and electrolytes and sends them back into the bloodstream. Eliminates cellular waste and toxins released from cells. Eliminates digestive by-products and indigestible substances.


Colon Function

Includes: large intestine, rectum, and anus. Absorbs water and minerals. Formation and elimination of waste. Houses over 700 species of bacteria, some of which are considered friendly bacteria, that produce vitamin B12, Biotin, and K and protect us against harmful bacteria, virus, and fungus

Did you know....

  • Your diet and health directly influence the diversity of microbes in the intestines?

  • Undigested meat and other foods cause mucus buildup in the colon? This buildup produces toxins that enter the blood’s circulation.

  • Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement causes waste material to build up and become compacted, leading to constipation?


Unhealthy Intestinal System Can Lead To:

  • Fatigue

  • Skin issues

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Bad breath

  • Occasional gas & bloating

  • Irritability

Causes of Occasional Constipation

Causes of constipation can include stress, medication, poor dietary habits, inadequate fiber, dehydration, and lack of exercise.


 

14 Questions to Help Know if Your Colon May Be Healthy

1. Do you use tobacco?

2. Do you drink alcohol daily?

3. Do you exercise less than 3 times a week for 30 minutes?